This is an excellent, well-protected beginner lead and is just plain fun to do whenever you're there. Climb up the slab to the first bolt (probably the crux), and then follow easier ground past 3 more bolts to a water groove where the slab rears back to vertical. Move up the water groove on huge incuts (and a birdbath) to a two-bolt anchor.
Beginning from the right side of Mt. Boner, this is the second bolted route.
6 or 7 QDs plus something for the anchor.
Setting up top rope on Shake the Pope's Hand.
Peter halfway up Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Starting out on Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Brittany gives a wet thumbs up after dipping her f...
8 year old Brittany Whittern reaches for the sky o...
Peter Arcidiacono Pulling the final move on Shakin...
Brittany works out the face moves on her first 5.7...
Myself midway up "Shaking the Pope's Hand".
|Comments on Shaking the Pope's Hand
|By Michael Walker|
From: Loveland, CO
Nov 2, 2001
The best route I think in the Mt Boner/Punk Rock area. [Hilariously] fun. But more like 5.7.
|By Alex Hearn|
Oct 1, 2002
This route is every bit of 3 stars, and a perfect example of 5.7 friction...
|By Rob Migliore|
Jun 25, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
This is about the worst 5.7 sport route I've done. [Awful] hands. Skip it.
From: Bend, Oregon
Aug 13, 2007
Ha ha. That's funny. I guess not everybody likes slab. Oh well. If you do, it's not any more difficult than 5.7, and it is quite fun. And it's much cooler in the summer up there than on the Flatirons. I like!
|By Luis Barandiaran|
From: Longmont, CO
Aug 13, 2007
What do they say about climbing? It's 10% forearms, 90% footwork. If you're rating this at 8+, then sounds like you need some laps on this. IMO, this is a stellar intro to 5.7 sport....
|By Matt Richardson|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 10, 2007
I don't know about best route - but how bizarre that someone would rate this a bomb...and 8+!? Could this possibly be a joke? It is a nice route for the area, but if your up for it, Smack the Cold Booty is a much nicer climb.
|By Matt Roberts|
From: Columbus, OH
Jun 16, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
This is a fun route but heady for us non-slabbers. The feet are there, and if you can't find hands, it's probably time to mantle.